Boeing completes final assembly of first United-Continental 787

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Boeing has finished final assembly of the first 787 to be delivered to North American launch customer United-Continental.

The carrier plans to inaugurate service with its first 787 in the second of half of 2012, and aims to take delivery of five aircraft next year, down from a previous projection of six.

During final assembly of United-Continental's first 787, the aircraft moved through four factory positions, including the final aircraft body join, landing gear installation, weight-on-wheels testing and installation of interior components and systems.

Over the next few months the aiframer will complete final cabin configuration, engine installation and painting of the aircraft.

United-Continental plans to operate its 787s with 36 "BusinessFirst" seats 63 in Economy Plus and 120 in coach.

The carrier's first route for the 787 is the Houston-Auckland pairing.